Combine some holiday indulgence with this easy Salted Butterscotch Latte and enjoy it with an Aussie classic – the Tim Tam Slam! Get the tips on how to make the best and to get the most out of your Tim Tam Slams!
This may sound part silly and part overly dramatic – but what I’m about to say is 100% the truth and nothing but the truth. My very first moment of unbridled joy and ecstasy when I moved to the US in early 2014 was discovering Tim Tams on the shelves at a local supermarket. I even have photo evidence of it. Still. 🙂
As a Kiwi who also lived in Australia for a number of years, I have a long history with TIM TAM. As long as I remember, actually. Tim Tam may as well be the national biscuit of Australia and New Zealand.
For my readers who aren’t familiar with Tim Tam, let me quickly explain. Think of the most delicious chocolate cookie you’ve ever had. Now think of the most delicious crunchy, crumbly cookie you’ve ever had. Now imagine BOTH together with a subtle malt flavor to boot AND a creamy chocolate filling in the middle AND a chocolate coating all over. That’s what I’m talking about!
As a side note – we call Tim Tams, BISCUITS, in Australia and NZ. Not cookies. In fact all cookies are referred to as biscuits! 🙂
If you like your chocolate dark, then you have two flavors to choose from (in the US) – Dark Chocolate Tim Tam and Dark Mint Tim Tam. If you like caramel better, there’s Caramel Tim Tam with a caramel filling. You can find all four of these flavors at your local Target store. If you get to visit Australia and NZ, then you could get your hands on plenty more flavors – like chilli chocolate, strawberry chocolate, honeycomb chocolate, white chocolate, coconut cream etc.!
Besides eating it straight out of the package (best way to eat anything some might say), the next best way to enjoy a Tim Tam is the Tim Tam Slam!
When I roll back the clock on my memories and think of all the parties, get togethers, study sessions etc., there isn’t a time that doesn’t feature Tim Tam. It was the one friend that was always there, that was always the life of the party! 🙂
A Tim Tam Slam is essentially when you drink your coffee, hot chocolate or milk through a Tim Tam (as if it’s a straw!). You simply bite off two diagonally opposite corners of a Tim Tam, dip one end, and drink! The Tim Tam biscuit flavors your drink as it moves through the chocolate and it works like a charm (for a few insanely fun, delicious moments until the Tim Tam starts melting at least).
I love having my Tim Tam Slam with a salted butterscotch latte while my husband likes it with a mocha. The fun part is that no matter what drink you choose, you can change your Tim Tam Slam experience with differently flavored Tim Tams!
For eg. with a butterscotch latte, here’s just a hint of what you can do –
- Salted butterscotch latte + regular Tim Tam = Butterscotch mocha Tim Tam slam
- Salted butterscotch latte + caramel Tim Tam = Salted caramel mocha Tim Tam slam
- Salted butterscotch latte + dark chocolate Tim Tam = Dark chocolate butterscotch mocha Tim Tam slam
- Salted butterscotch latte + dark mint Tim Tam = Mint and butterscotch mocha Tim Tam slam
You get the picture right? There’s no shortage of fun to be had with this. Even though the Tim Tam is soaked through with the drink in a matter of seconds, nothing will stop you from reaching for another Tim Tam and repeating it again! Best of all, if you have all flavors of Tim Tam, you can experience your Salted Butterscotch Latte in four different ways, with four different flavor combinations.
With the holiday season just around the corner, treat your friends and family to a fun time this year by pairing your hot beverages with a Tim Tam.
Here are some imaginative, fun ways to serve Tim Tams during the Holiday Season.
A Tim Tam slam with pumpkin spice lattes? Yum!
How about a spiced warm eggnog?
Or maybe a gingerbread latte?
A white Russian cocktail?
Here are some tips to make a great Tim Tam Slam.
Freeze your Tim Tams for best results. They last longer in your hot beverage when you start with chilled Tim Tams.
Use shallower cups, glasses, jars with a wide mouth for your drinks. Or even cappuccino cups. The Tim Tams here act like short, stubby straws and they work better in these containers (as opposed to tall, narrow glasses).
Make a fun game out of it! Who can Tim Tam Slam it the longest without losing the biscuit into the drink? Hint – you get much better with practice!
Add some holiday cheer (*cough* booze *cough*) into your drink. Gives your Tim Tam Slamming experience a lot more potential!
And your kids will LOVE Tim Tam Slams too! Without the “holiday cheer” of course! They have enough holiday cheer to zap their brains as it is. Let the little ones drink their milk through a Tim Tam slam and see how much fun they have.
Salted Butterscotch Latte with Tim Tam Slam
Salted Butterscotch Sauce (makes about 1⅓ cup)
- 150 g brown sugar ¾ cup. I prefer dark brown, but you can use light brown too.
- 2 tbsp corn syrup
- ½ cup cream
- 2 tbsp water
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 28 g unsalted butter 2 tbsp
Salted Butterscotch Latte (makes two)
- 2 espresso shot with moka pot or espresso machine or ½ cup very strong coffee
- Hot milk (for espresso) or hot half and half (for strong coffee) to top up
- Butterscotch sauce to taste (recipe above)
- 2 regular Tim Tam biscuits
Salted Butterscotch Sauce - make the day before (makes about 1⅓ cup)
- Place the brown sugar, corn syrup, 2 tbsp cream, 2 tbsp water and sea salt in a saucepan. Heat the mix over medium heat until the sugar dissolves completely and the mix comes to a boil.150 g brown sugar, 2 tbsp corn syrup, ½ cup cream, 2 tbsp water, ¼ tsp sea salt
- Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5-6 minutes.
- Add the vanilla bean paste, butter and rest of the cream, and whisk until well incorporated. Bring to a simmer, and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes over low-medium heat.2 tsp vanilla bean paste, 28 g unsalted butter, ½ cup cream
- Place the sauce in a bottle and let it cool.
- Store in the fridge and use as needed.
Salted Butterscotch Latte
- Froth hot milk using a frother, or shake the milk in a sealable glass jar until frothy.Hot milk (for espresso)
- Add 1 espresso shot each to 2 x 6-8 oz cups.2 espresso shot
- Stir in 3 - 4 tbsp of butterscotch sauce per drink. Top it with milk and froth.Butterscotch sauce, Hot milk (for espresso)
- Serve with Tim Tam biscuits.2 regular Tim Tam biscuits
Tim Tam Slam
- Bite off 2 diagonally opposite corners of a Tim Tam. Dunk one end in the drink and sip the drink THROUGH the Tim Tam, until the biscuit is soaked through. Repeat as needed. Enjoy (I know you will)!
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